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How is postpartum depression self-diagnosed?

How is postpartum depression self-diagnosed?

It should not be: Post-partum depression is a serious, potentially life-threatening medical condition that needs to be ruled out by a qualified professional and is a medical emergency, as in get to the emergency room, by ambulance if necessary, if the woman has thoughts of killing herself or others, or seems to have lost touch with reality. ...Read more

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5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding. How can PPD (postpartum depression) affect ones sex life?

5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding. How can PPD (postpartum depression) affect ones sex life?

Yes, it can: In fact, it can effect everything and is very worth seeking specialized treatment for. The well-being of your entire family (especially you) is in the balance. It's a common condition w/ elements that come from hormone changes, life demands, emotional intensity of relationships, etc. A good fit w/ an experienced therapist really helps. If meds are needed briefly they'll help select the right one. ...Read more

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Will weaning help my post-partum depression?

Will weaning help my post-partum depression?

It may or may not: Post partum depression is definitley made worse with sleep deprivation, lack of sun exposure, lack of family support, isolation, etc. ...Read more

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Can breastfeeding help my postpartum depression?

Can breastfeeding help my postpartum depression?

Yes: Every time a breastfeeding mom thinks about the baby, there is a surge of oxytocin, which induces milk "let down." oxytocin's nickname is the "love hormone, " and it produces feelings of calmness, warmth and affection. Fathers can secrete it when they look at their baby, too! it's safe to continue breastfeeding while taking most medications for depression -- consult your local lactation center. ...Read more

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Symptoms of post partum depression vs baby blues?

Symptoms of post partum depression vs baby blues?

See Below: Baby blues are transient, relatively mild with onset several days after delivery and lasting about 3-4 wks. Sx resolve as hormone levels stabilize and routine with the baby is established. Postpartum depression significantly impairs functioning, onset might be delayed for up to a year. Even if hormones are stabilized and routine is there, sx do not resolve, worsen and functioning deteriorates. ...Read more

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Does post partum depression come and go with pregnancies?

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Does post partum depression come and go with pregnancies?

Ppd: Yes if it is short lasting without consequence and mother receives good support. If mother is known with long lasting depression, then it is not PPD but result of ongoing depression which can be more severe than just ppd. ...Read more

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Depression during pregnancy--signs and treatments?

Depression during pregnancy--signs and treatments?

Same signs as not: Pregnant. The treatment, however, is different. There should be more emphasis on psychotherapy. Most antidepressants should be avoided, at least until the third trimester. Electroconvulsive therapy is very safe for both mother and child, although it is usually only used in severe cases. ...Read more

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What's postpartum depression vs psychosis?

What's postpartum depression vs psychosis?

Varies: First off, it's very important to distinguish if there is psychosis present without a clinical depression, a depressive episode without psychosis, or both. There are many treatment options including a wide array of medication and non-medication interventions. The top priority is to ensure the immediate safety of both the mother and child(ren). ...Read more

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Does postpartum depression involve anger?

Does postpartum depression involve anger?

It certainly can: Yes, it certainly can, but it could also indicate many other things, eg sleepiness, fatigue, burnout, relationship difficulties, or even an emerging mania or mixed mood state. Please discuss this with your doctors asap. ...Read more

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Can a hysterectomy cause postpartum depression?

Can a hysterectomy cause postpartum depression?

Hysterectomy depress: Can hysterectomy cause postpartum depression ? The answer is no. But some women can experience depression in the post hysterectomy period where hysterectomy was done out side of pregnancy but this is not common. Other women have complained of sexual dysfunction following hysterectomy. If depression occurs after postpartum hysterectomy then it may be postpartum depression or a combination of both. ...Read more

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Management of dic in post cesarean patient ?

Management of dic in post cesarean patient ?

Emergently: Dic (disseminated intravascular coagulation) is an emergency in any situation. The patient with dic has, for one of several reasons, consumed elements in her blood which are needed to cause blood to clot. Without the ability to clot, she will bleed continuously until something is done to replace the "clotting factors" or otherwise arrest the bleeding, e.g., hysterectomy. ...Read more

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Is anger a symptom of postpartum depression?

Is anger a symptom of postpartum depression?

It can be.: Some women have irritability and anger as the predominant symptom of their depression. It is best to seek help to assess whether this is a symptom of depression. ...Read more

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How is postpartum psychosis or depression treated?

How is postpartum psychosis or depression treated?

Varies: First off, it's very important to distinguish if there is psychosis present without a clinical depression, a depressive episode without psychosis, or both. There are many treatment options including a wide array of medication and non-medication interventions. The top priority is to ensure the immediate safety of both the mother and child(ren). ...Read more

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Is mbsr training recommended for patients suffering clinical depression, mild chronic depression, or high levels of stress and anxiety?

Is mbsr training recommended for patients suffering clinical depression, mild chronic depression, or high levels of stress and anxiety?

Not everyone: I recommend mbsr training to many of my patients. Recommendations are very individual, since severely depressed people may not be able to attend well to the process, or silent meditation may result in losing one's self in self-deprecating/negative thinking. Moderate depression is quite different though -- there is even mindfulness-based cbt for depression. Mbsr can be very helpful in anxiety! ...Read more

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What is the difference between depression, postpartum depression, baby blues, and general sadness?

What is the difference between depression, postpartum depression, baby blues, and general sadness?

2 general types: Generally there are two types of depression listed in the DSM5. The first is dysthymia, which is a chronic type of depression that varies little in intensity, and major depression, which varies in intensity a great deal. ...Read more

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What pain management clinics offer out-patient ketamine for crps/rsd?

What pain management clinics offer out-patient ketamine for crps/rsd?

None: No reputable clinic would offer this medication on an outpatient basis. This drug is an anesthetic and requires continuous monitoring with administration. ...Read more

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Medical opinions: nootropics, tcm, &chiropractors a safe alternative to psych meds for ptsd & mood disorders and pain medicines for chronic pain?

Medical opinions:  nootropics, tcm, &chiropractors a safe alternative to psych meds for ptsd & mood disorders and pain medicines for chronic pain?

Really complicated: So many therapeutic approaches are in your question, it's impossible to answer. Even the "nootropic" part is extremely complicated. These can be food substances like phenethylamine and l-theanine (found in chocolate and green tea) or many other things. Different ones have different characteristics, safety, & effectiveness. An integrative physician could help guide you. www.holisticboard.org. ...Read more

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Can severe postpartum depression lead to mental health issues for the children?

Can severe postpartum depression lead to mental health issues for the children?

Maybe indirectly: A mother who is severely depressed may not bond with her newborn, may socially isolate, be irritable or physically agressive or simply lack the motivation or energy to take care of her child or children. It can sometimes be quite devastating. That is one reason that it is so imporant to get professional help - to avoid a negative impact on the children. But also, no woman wants to suffer. ...Read more

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Active PTSD (CBT/meds) with clinical treatment for chronic low back pain and Morton's neuroma. Is PTSD a neurological disease?

Active PTSD (CBT/meds) with clinical treatment for chronic low back pain and Morton's neuroma.  Is PTSD a neurological disease?

PTSD: does not mean your brain is damaged. it does mean that your brain and the rest of your body is responding to past trauma and trying to file it away more comfortably, so to speak. Consider seeing a clinical psychologist who specializes in PTSD. Avoid generic ones who will treat but are not experienced in it. Peace and good health. ...Read more